science ambassadors


Our College of Science Ambassadors are a group of University of Utah students who are passionate about science and their education. Ambassadors are leaders in our college and help with a wide variety of events, the recruitment of new students, and keeping current students engaged and excited about science.

Meet Our Current Ambassadors


Click on the photos below to learn more about each of our Science Ambassadors!

You can reach out to them via email to ask questions or to schedule a one-on-one meeting with them.

They can talk to you about:

  • Choosing a major or minor
  • Getting into research
  • Gaining leadership experiences
  • Succeeding in classes
  • Finding your community on campus
  • and much more!

Please don't hesitate to reach out to one of our Student Ambassadors. They are here for you!

Alex

Biology │ she/her

Alex

Biology │ she/her
Hello! I'm Alex Acuna, a fifth-year student pursuing a BS in Biology with a Cell and Molecular emphasis and minors in Chemistry and African American Studies. I was born in Venezuela and have lived in Salt Lake most of my life. I currently do pediatric cardiology genetics research in Dr. Martin Tristani-Firouzi's lab where I use molecular biological processes to investigate the genetic basis of Familial Atrial Fibrillation. My passions include social and environmental justice, family, and exploring new places.
 u1044578@utah.edu

Anna

Physics, Chemistry │ she/they

Anna

Physics, Chemistry │ she/they
Greetings! My name is Anna and I’m from Pleasant Grove, Utah. I am currently a senior pursuing a double major in Physics and Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics. I am currently working for the amazing Telescope Array research group on campus studying the properties and origins of cosmic rays. I enjoy reading, writing, and all things space-related.
 u1086169@utah.edu

Brennon

Biology │ he/him

Brennon

Biology │ he/him
Hello! My name is Brennon. I'm a senior studying Cell and Molecular Biology with a Chemistry minor, and I'm currently doing microbiology research here on campus. I'm from Idaho Falls, Idaho, and I enjoy reading, hiking, and cooking. After I graduate, I plan to pursue a PhD in Genetics.
 u1043444@utah.edu

Ella

Chemistry │ she/her

Ella

Chemistry │ she/her
Hey there! My name is Ella and I am in my senior year at the University of Utah. I am a Chemistry major with a double emphasis in Materials Science and Engineering as well as Biology. Once I graduate with my HBS, I would like to attend graduate school, possibly out of the country if I can swing that. I tend to spend my infrequent free time training on the aerial hoop, going down Googling rabbit holes about random science facts, or trying to catch up on reading all of the classics I missed by not taking AP Lit. If you see me around campus, feel free to ask me questions about chemistry or just say hello!
 u1182164@utah.edu

Kay

Math, Biology │ they/them

Kay

Math, Biology │ they/them
Hello! My name is Kay and I'm in my 5th year here at the U. I love the ocean! I'm actually studying math and biology in hopes of doing the mathematical side of marine biology. I'm from the small town of Enterprise, Utah and I'm super excited to be a College of Science Ambassador!
 u0984833@utah.edu

Riley

Physics │ she/her

Riley

Physics │ she/her
My name is Riley Murray, and I'm a Computational Physics and Linguistics double-major! I like a good challenge, and I love to learn new things from the people around me. My two disciplines have allowed me to explore interesting intersections between the sciences and the humanities, which have really rounded out my education as a scientist. As an Idaho native transplanted in Utah, I love the outdoors-- hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding, you name it! I also enjoy learning languages (I've got Japanese, French, and some Scots Gaelic now) and playing guitar, ukulele, and piano. One of my biggest goals in life is to see as much of the world as possible, and to make friends all over it!
 u1195514@utah.edu

Sahar

Biology │ she/they

Sahar

Biology │ she/they
Hi everyone! My name is Sahar, and I am a junior majoring in biology and business administration. In the future, I plan on pursuing an MD/PhD degree. I was born and raised in Sugarhouse, but my family is originally from Afghanistan. I hope to one day return to Afghanistan and provide medical care and resources. In my free time, I like to hang out with family and friends, hike, and online shop. Go Utes!
 u0902561@utah.edu

Sydney

Chemistry │ she/her

Sydney

Chemistry │ she/her
Hi! I'm Sydney and I am going into my third year at the University of Utah in the Fall of 2021. My major is chemistry with a biological emphasis and I hope to go to medical school after completing my undergraduate degree. I've been so lucky to be a part of the Velayutham Lab in the Department of Nutrition, studying the dietary effect of blueberries on the cardiovascular health of mice and the gut microbiome. Outside of College of Science Ambassadors, I work with the Union Programming Council and I am a teaching assistant for the Biology 1615 lab. In my free time I love to go snowboarding, climb at the summit, and paint.
 u1194073@utah.edu

Vivek

Physics │ he/him

Vivek

Physics │ he/him
Heyo! My name is Vivek, hailing from Sandy, Utah. I am a senior majoring in Physics with minors in Astronomy and Computer Science. I have had a great time at the U so far and I am thrilled to be one of your College of Science Ambassadors! I aspire to become a professional astronomer and pun master. When I am not approximating cows as spheres, I enjoy doing astronomy outreach, browsing Reddit, learning useless fun trivia, and eating really spicy food!
 u0902561@utah.edu

Alice

Chemistry │ she/her

Alice

Chemistry │ she/her
Hi! My name is Alice and I’m from Northern California. I’m a senior at the U double majoring in Biochemistry and International Studies, with a minor in Chinese. Currently I work as an undergraduate researcher in the Puri Lab where we study how bacteria interact with the environment and each other, and how bacteria produce anti-fungal and antibiotic compounds. Outside of school and research, I love hiking, skiing, rock climbing, and volunteering with the American Chemical Society.
 a.snelling@utah.edu

Ava

Biochemistry │ she/her

Ava

Biochemistry │ she/her
Hi! I'm Ava, and I'm from Boise, Idaho! I am pursuing a biochemistry major with a minor in psychology through the Honors College. I hope to continue on to an MD-PhD degree, specializing in infectious disease research and treatment. I currently serve as the Chair-Elect of the Honors Student Advisory Committee, and I conduct research as part of Dr. Ming Hammond's biological chemistry lab. I love practicing and teaching yoga, skiing, going on long drives, and getting to know new friends!
 u1305645@utah.edu

Brian

Physics │ he/him

Brian

Physics │ he/him
Hi, I'm Brian! I am a senior majoring in physics and piano performance. I'm from Syracuse - Utah, not New York - and I love books, food, and board games. I play piano and cello, and between the two of my majors, I spend far more time locked alone in a practice room or laboratory than is healthy for any sane human being, but I also love being around friends and other people. I am a part of the U's Center for Acoustic Cooling Technology, and build and test thermoacoustic engines. Whether you see me walking around with or without the bow tie, come say hello!
 u1028469@utah.edu

Emma

Math │ she/her

Emma

Math │ she/her
Hello! My name is Emma Kerr and I am from Fruit Heights, Utah. I am pursuing a Math and Physics major here at the U seeking an emphasis on computation. I have loved my college experience thus far, and have especially loved my research in the Physics department studying spin dependent electronic processes. After obtaining my undergraduate degree, I hope to work towards a math Ph.D and become a professor and researcher. I love meeting new faces around campus, and when I'm not in school, I enjoy being in the outdoors.
 u1151003@utah.edu

Mary

Math │ she/her

Mary

Math │ she/her
My name is Mary and I am originally from Denver, Colorado. I am a fourth-year majoring in Math with a minor in Computer Science. With my degree, I hope to go into Data Science, specifically something related to the health fields such as epidemiology. I am also in the Honors College and a Resident Advisor in the STEM Initiatives Tower. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, working out, and hanging out with friends. If you see me around campus, come say hi!
 u1196723@utah.edu

Ritu

Biology │ she/her

Ritu

Biology │ she/her
Hello Everyone!! My name is Ritu Shah and I’m a senior originally from San Diego, California studying Biology with an emphasis in Anatomy and Physiology with a minor in Strategic Communications on Pre-Physical Therapy track. I love being involved in all aspects of campus ranging from research, Greek life, university ambassadors and of course science ambassadors! I can’t wait to share my love of science with all of you!
 u1153305@utah.edu

Sam

Biology │ she/her

Sam

Biology │ she/her
Hi! My name is Sam Nestel and I am from Ogden, Utah. Here at the U, I am pursuing a Biology major with a possible minor in disability studies, math, or political science. After getting my degree, I want to go on to medical school to become a physician specializing in women’s health. I have loved many of my experiences here at the COS but my favorite has been participating as an undergraduate biology researcher studying metabolic phenotypic plasticity in nematodes. Outside of school I enjoy doing musical theatre, playing with cats, being outdoors, and meeting new people.
 u1249590@utah.edu

Tay

Physics, Biology │ any pronouns

Tay

Physics, Biology │ any pronouns
Hi! My name is Tay and I moved to Utah from Castle Rock, Colorado about 5 years ago. I am double majoring in Physics & Biology and moving happily at my own pace while working full time in a medical manufacturing lab. I one day hope to pursue a graduate degree in neurobiology studying alternate treatment methods for mental disorders. In my free time I am almost always playing a video game - I frequent Animal Crossing and the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
 u1126824@utah.edu

Warren

Biology │ he/him

Warren

Biology │ he/him
Hello! My name is Warren, and I am starting my second year at the U pursuing a Biology major with a Physiology and Anatomy emphasis and a Chemistry minor. After graduating, I plan to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. program with a research-focused surgical practice. At present, I work in Dr. Hong Mu’s immunology research laboratory as an undergraduate research assistant, exploring immunological pathways and analyzing the effects of environmental factors, specifically Mycoplasma arthritidis mitogen, on the induction and proliferation of rheumatoid arthritis. I also spend at least one day a week working in procedure rooms or the operating room in Endoscopy at the University of Utah medical center. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends, hiking, skiing, kayaking, exercising, stargazing, and baking!

Amaya

Biology │ she/her

Amaya

Biology │ she/her
Hello, my name is Amaya and I am from Provo, UT but my parents are from the Navajo Reservation. I am a fourth-year student pursuing a Biology major with an emphasis in Human Anatomy and Physiology with a minor in Chemistry. I enjoy meeting new people with different diverse cultures and learning about how their culture has shaped their personalities. Also, I plan on enrolling in a MD/PhD program after graduating from the U and helping the Navajo people live a better and healthier life.
 u1097513@utah.edu

Braeden

Biochemistry │ he/him

Braeden

Biochemistry │ he/him
I am a senior studying Biochem with hopes to apply to medical school and become a surgeon someday. I entered school majoring in kinesiology and fell in love with chemistry so I switched my major. I grew up in Murray, Utah and have been a diehard Utah football fan my whole life. I love anything sports and love to watch the Utah Jazz, Denver Broncos and of course, the Utes!

Chelsea

Biology │ she/her

Chelsea

Biology │ she/her
Hello! My name is Chelsea and I am in my final year here at the U. I’m from Saratoga Springs, and I have lived in Utah for most of my life. I am majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Anatomy and Physiology and a minor in Chemistry. I am on the pre-med track, hoping to eventually work in pediatrics. I am also a member of the Honors College. I love watching early 2000’s cartoons, documentaries, and playing with my pets.
 u1043488@utah.edu

Josh

Biology │ he/him

Josh

Biology │ he/him
Hi! My name is Josh and I'm currently a sophomore pursuing an Honors B.S. in Neurobiology and Psychology, while minoring in Cognitive Science and Chemistry. I hope to be accepted into a medical school upon graduation and pursue a career in medicine. I currently do research with Dr. Christopher Depner investigating how insufficient sleep and circadian disruption contribute to risk of metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes, with the long-term goal of developing sleep and circadian based interventions that improve metabolic health. I also work as an Endoscopy Technician in the U of U Hospital assisting doctors in various endoscopic procedures. In my spare time, I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, weightlifting, and spending time with family and friends!
 u1020296@utah.edu

Nash

Math, Physics │ he/him

Nash

Math, Physics │ he/him
Howdy! My name is Nash Ward, I'm an nth year math and physics double major here at the U! You can always find me doing something winter related whether it's sea ice research or sending down the slopes! I'm hoping to get a PhD after I graduate and maybe one day looking down at earth through a small window in space. If you see me on campus make sure to say hi!
 u1313735@utah.edu

Sahana

Math │ she/her

Sahana

Math │ she/her
Hi, I’m Sahana. I’m a local Utahn from Sandy and am so excited to be attending the University of Utah. I’m a third-year student double majoring in Honors Mathematics and Computer Science. I am looking forward to combining the power of computing with the intricacies of mathematics. While I love all things STEM, I hope to use my knowledge to solve real life problems and bring social reform. My recent computer science research with Dr. Suresh and in conjunction with the ACLU of Utah does just that by using web scraping and data querying to understand trends and identify potential flaws in Utah’s county jails. In my free time, I enjoy performing and teaching Indian classical dance. I also love animals and can talk your ear off with different fun facts. If you ever see me around campus, please introduce yourself! I would be happy to help anyway I can-except with directions!
 u1131034@utah.edu

Shaistah

Biology │ she/her

Shaistah

Biology │ she/her
Hi everyone! My name is Shaistah and I am from Sandy, Utah. I’m a third-year pursuing an honors double major in Health, Society, and Policy and Biology along with a minor in Chemistry. With my degrees, I aim to focus on both the humanities and scientific aspects of medicine and I plan to pursue medical school after graduating. In the future, I hope to volunteer my time as a physician serving the most vulnerable populations. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, bike riding, and spending time with friends and family.
 u0979861@utah.edu

Tayla

Biology │ she/her

Tayla

Biology │ she/her
My name is Tayla. I am in my third year pursuing a Biology degree with a Neurobiology Emphasis and minors in Chemistry and Pediatric Clinical Research. I was born and raised in Utah and am originally from Herriman, Utah. After my undergrad, I hope to be accepted into medical school or PA school. Outside the College of Science, I'm involved with the Bennion Center (community engagement and volunteer center), and currently, I am a University Ambassador where I give campus tours. During my free time, I enjoy long-distance running, hiking, weightlifting, going to sporting events, and anything outside.
 tayla.chiang@utah.edu